Health Care Reform’s Victory: David Frum Blames Rush Limbaugh

This today at conservative David Frum’s website:

Talk radio thrives on confrontation and recrimination. When Rush Limbaugh said that he wanted President Obama to fail, he was intelligently explaining his own interests. What he omitted to say – but what is equally true – is that he also wants Republicans to fail. If Republicans succeed – if they govern successfully in office and negotiate attractive compromises out of office – Rush’s listeners get less angry. And if they are less angry, they listen to the radio less, and hear fewer ads for Sleepnumber beds.

So today’s defeat for free-market economics and Republican values is a huge win for the conservative entertainment industry. Their listeners and viewers will now be even more enraged, even more frustrated, even more disappointed in everybody except the responsibility-free talkers on television and radio. For them, it’s mission accomplished. For the cause they purport to represent, it’s Waterloo all right: ours.

I disagree with Frum that health care reform represents a defeat for free markets. Indeed, I think that the bill was framed in such a way as to make free markets work better. And I’m not sure what values Republicans share collectively (except perhaps “Money talks”). But I think Frum is right on this: Republicans have dug a very, very deep hole for themselves, and Rush Limbaugh and Fox Noise are the Iagos to blame.


About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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5 Responses to Health Care Reform’s Victory: David Frum Blames Rush Limbaugh

  1. Santi

    Oh please. Stope using these Shakespeare metaphors. Bill don’t deserve it, and the GOP even less. They are more for one of these awful mexican (perdones amigos, pero…)soap operas, or comic shows.
    And congratulations BTW.

  2. santitafarella says:


    Shakespeare always gets there first. I can’t help it. And it really is informative to think of Limbaugh as Iago relentlessly whispering his poison into the ear of America. We all know Iagos at work, school etc. And it’s nice to see noble and just Othello win once in a while.


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  4. santitafarella says:


    Thanks for the link.


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